Senior Jayci Morton, already an all-state volleyball performer for the Stephenville Honeybees, continues to pick up postseason honors — including being voted the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Meanwhile, Stephenville was well represented when the academic all-state volleyball teams were recently announced.
Morton, a 5-10 outside hitter and middle blocker, also is on the 2018 VYPE-K-MAC Class 4A All-State Top 30 player list. Three others from Stephenville’s District 7-4A alignment also made VYPE’s Class 4A top 30 — Glen Rose seniors Libby Hinton and Logan Smith, along with Torrey Miller of Brownwood.
The other major volleyball team awards for the Honeybees, determined by the vote of the players, were:
Offensive Player of the Year — Chloe Goodman, sr.
Defensive Player of the Year — Gabie Lucero, jr.
Fighting Heart — Alee McClendon, soph.
Multiple Stephenville volleyball players have been recognized with academic all-state honors for their classroom excellence.
Chloe Goodman and Jayci Morton both were named to the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches Class 4A academic all-state team.
The Texas Girls Coaches Association named Stephenville’s Emily Stroebel, Savannah Ivey, Goodman and Morton to its Class 4A academic all-state team.
The Texas High School Coaches Association named Morton, Ivey and Stroebel to its Class 4A second-team academic all-state team. The THSCA also named Hannah Huckabee and Goodman Class 4A academic honorable mention all-state.
SHS head coach Shay Douglas stated that she is “very proud of these girls and their hard work in the classroom. We spent a lot of time on the road this season and their commitment to their grades (was) outstanding.”
Douglas said the requirements for academic all-state honors for the TGCA team is to have a cumulative grade-point average of 94 or above. The THSCA requires a GPA of 92 or higher.
Another SHS honor earned by Lucero was in being selected to play in the TGCA’s Class A-4A All-Star game in July.
“I’m thrilled that Gabie got selected and can’t wait to see how (she will compete) against some of the best players in the state,” Douglas said.
In their first season under Douglas, the 2018 Honeybees reached the third round of the playoffs. They were ranked 20th in the state when they were eliminated by eventual state champion Decatur, ending the Honeybees’ season at 29-18 overall. Decatur went on to knock off Glen Rose in the Region I-4A title game, then defeated defending champion Needville for the state championship.
Morton was the Honeybees’ leader this past season in kills, with 260, and was second in blocked shots (23) and in digs. Her hitting percentage was .334, and served 21 aces. She had previously been named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class 4A all-state team for the 2018 season. Morton was voted first-team all-district in volleyball for the second year in a row.
Morton signed a letter-of intent to play basketball for Tarleton State University. As a sophomore, Morton garnered all-state and all-region honors in basketball.